Lawyers who commit suicide? Around here we call those job opportunities.
I was just checking out JDunderground.com and it is so bleeping depressing. I swear it seems like everybody there wants to off themselves at any minute. It kind of makes me wonder is this what lies ahead for me when I finally finish school and get out into the job market? But then I think again and wonder if they are just losers from the bottom of their class? Don't misunderstand me I know the market is tough, but geez!
The job market is brutal for people at the top, middle and bottom of their class. JDUnderground is actually a fairly realistic picture of what life is like for those who didn't go to a T14 school (or even some of those who went to a T14 but were at the bottom of the class). There just aren't jobs out there. A friend of mine is searching for jobs in a state in which precisely six -- yes, just 6 -- attorney jobs have been posted in the past two weeks in the largest city's newspaper. (The metro area this newspaper covers has about 750,000 residents.)So, when you have only 6 legal openings and 3 or 4 law schools in the state... well, you do the math. It's not pretty.
Does it matter? You're just going to ignore everything I say, and continue to pretend like all the posters here will get BigLaw jobs (or jobs at all) after graduation because of course their job market is different. You are conflating your statements and that is messing up your argument. I never mentioned biglaw at all as you did, and I don't think the OP did either. I was talking about the job markets for attorneys, which would include biglaw and all other avenues down which someone could go. You also said, "There just aren't jobs out there," and proceeded with a bit of qualitative evidence.Believe me, I don't have any illusions about my market, but yes, all markets are different (I imagine the East coast is particularly saturated)for a variety of complex reasons and absolute statements like the ones that you are making just aren't true. I do appreciate the anecdotal evidence that you proffer ande think people should pay attention to these stories, if only to gauge within themselves whether or not going to law school is really something they want to do. However, individuals who truly want to be lawyers should not be deterred by an economy whose condition four or five years from now not even the brightest minds can reliably predict.